Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Aaron Ruplinger
    May 6
  • Kathy Busch
    May 10
  • Travis Roell
    May 12
  • Amy Campbell
    May 13
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Gary Campbell
    May 15
  • Karen Neja
    May 21
  • Jeff Eagen
    May 17
Join Date:
  • John Backhaus
    May 1, 2011
    13 years
  • Rick Vanderkin
    May 1, 2011
    13 years
  • Bob Johnson
    May 15, 2012
    12 years
  • Graeme Reid
    May 30, 2003
    21 years
Welcome to the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club!
West Bend Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
Skinny Vic's
804 W Paradise Dr
West Bend, WI 53095
United States of America
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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

2022-23 Rotary Leadership

Gordon McInally - President, Rotary International
Don Griffing - District Governor, District 6270
Jon Corbett - President, West Bend Sunrise Rotary
5/21Campbell, AmyMadl, Justice  
5/28Busch, KathyMalloy, Joyce  
6/4Britton, .GaryIn-ServiceIn-Service 
6/11Barrett, JamesMcCain, Patrick  
6/18Baldus, DavidMiller, Joseph  
6/25Backhaus, JohnN/ABeach HouseChanging of the Guard
On Saturday, April 13, the club had two service projects going at the same time. One group of volunteers cleaned up the section of county highway our club sponsors (East side of Hwy 45 between Paradise & Washington) and cleans at least twice a year, and another group built a permanent 9 Square in the air at the Villa Park neighborhood park as part of our current District Grant project in partnership with the West Bend Noon Rotary club.
What a beautiful day for both of these projects! Thanks to our energetic Rotarians who got the job done.
This month, the club welcomed Gary Loop (4/2/24) and Lynn Nowak (4/9/24) as our newest members to the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club. Lynn is a psychotherapist at Midwest Wellness, and Gary is a Business Strategy Consultant based out of West Bend. Welcome to the club!
On Tue April 2, 2024, Club Member Jeff Szukalski presented Kevin Steiner - recently retired CEO of West Bend Insurance Company - with Rotary’s Paul Harris Award in recognition of all that Kevin has done in service of the community of West Bend. Congratulations and deep thanks from all of us! Your actions have really made a difference!
On April 9, the club welcomed our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Joe Miller! Mary Beth Seiser presented Joe with his pin today in recognition of his donations to the Rotary Foundation. 
In February, Charity Week at the West Bend High Schools was held again, and we proudly participated again. This year we donated $1,000 to The Threshold, Inc.
Along with Steiner Electric and the money raised by students and staff, a total of $5,000 was donated to the Threshold!!
West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club continues to add to our membership group.
In December, we welcomed Lisa Gilmore from Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, and this January, Melanie Gonring with Lakeshore Community Health Care joined the club.
Our club’s own Mary Beth Seiser was honored at the Foundation dinner for achieving Rotary Triple Crown status for being a Major Donor, a member of the Bequest Society and a member of the Paul Harris Society. Mary Beth, your generosity and dedication are an inspiration to all of us. Congratulations!
The West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club recently gave Vicki Lehnerz, owner of Skinny Vic’s Diner & Coffee Stop, a Paul Harris Fellow Award.
The award, named after Rotary founder Paul Harris, is given to those who donate, or have donations given in their name, a collective $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self,” and Vicki exemplifies that in how she operates her restaurant, and through her contributions to the community.
Members of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary felt that Vicki was deserving of this recognition because she has offered fundraising programs to non-profits through her restaurant, supported local causes such as chili suppers at churches and the Kiwanis Duck Derby at Regner Park, and because she provides a place for the West Bend Sunrise Rotary club to meet each Tuesday morning.
Congratulations Vicki!
This past Tuesday October 3rd, we inducted Joan Rudnitzki into the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club. We are so happy to have you Joan!
Pictured alongside Joan is her membership sponsor, Gary Britton, and current West Bend Sunrise Rotary President Jon Corbett.
Congratulations to club member Jeff Szukalski on being awarded the Clifford A. & Elizabeth M. Nelson Volunteer Leadership Award of 2023 by the United Way of Washington County. He is pictured here with Kevin Steiner who received the Emerging Leader Award. Follow this link to read the article from the Washington County Daily News:
Recently, Sunrise Rotary welcomed our newest members Jeff Eagen and Dr. Elliot Shambeau. Jeff is the Kettle Country District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, and Dr. Elliot Shambeau recently joined the Gentle Dental Emporium as their newest dentist. Glad to have you join our club and do good in our community!
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